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  • 1.Intellectual Property 101 By Danielle LeFlore Certified Paralegal Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana. -Bill Gates

2. What is Intellectual Property? Intellectual property refers to anything created by the mind. 3. They dont know you. This includes: Literary works Inventions Movies and photographs Architectural designs Choreography What is intellectual property? 4. They dont know you. Copyrights Trademarks and Service Marks Patents Trade Secrets Types of Intellectual Property 5. They dont know you.Types of Intellectual Property Intellectual property can be owned, sold, transferred, licensed or given away. 6. They dont know you. A copyright protects original works of authorship such as novels, screenplays, songs, musical scores and photographs. A copyright grants exclusive rights and protections to the creator of an original work. What is a Copyright? 7. They dont know you.What is a Copyright? The work must be fixed in a tangible form of expression, such as paper, video or audio tape, film, or computer hard drive for copyright protection. Copyright protection is regulated by federal law. 8. They dont know you. Copyright protection begins the moment original work is created and fixed in a tangible form. Copyright Protection 9. They dont know you.Copyright Protection A copyright lasts for the life of the creator, plus 70 years after the creators death. For work made for hire a copyright lasts for 95 years from its first publication or 120 years from its first creation. 10. They dont know you.Copyright Protection To assert copyright protection in the event of suspected infringement--particularly in the absence of registration with the Library of Congress-- include a copyright notice on the work. 11. They dont know you.Copyright Protection Examples: 2013 McKinney & Associates Copyright 2013 McKinney & Associates 12. They dont know you. Work made for hire is work created by an employee within the scope of his or her employment. In most instances the employer is considered the copyright owner, unless a separate agreement specifying otherwise has been reached between the parties. What is a Work Made for Hire? 13. They dont know you.Work Made for Hire Work such as a proposal, blog post, presentation or work report created while employed at a company is owned by the company, not the employee who created the work. 14. They dont know you.Additional Resources United States Copyright Office (copyright registration) United States Patent and Trademark Office (for patent and trademark registration) Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School (Title 17 of United States Code, Copyrights) 15. To learn more about McKinney & Associates, visit www.mckpr.com McKinney & Associates was founded in 1990 with a commitment to social justice that has prevailed for more than 20 years. From the beginning, McKinney passionately and skillfully practiced public relations with a conscience for local, national and international organizations. @mckpr facebook.com/mckpr youtube.com/mckinneypr